Space Age way to spot diabetes
TECHNOLOGY developed at the International Space Station may soon be coming to Earth to monitor our health in a rather unusual way.
ISS astronauts have their health checked by their toilet, which detects changes in urine glucose levels and proteins, allowing early diagnosis of impending problems such as type 2 diabetes and kidney disease.
This is a very simple technique, and now the European Space Agency is teaming up with health-gadget manufacturers to bring ‘smart loos’ that do the same for the public, according to reports last week.
I think it’s a super idea if it actually happens. Changes in the urine and stools can occur long before any noticeable symptoms, so they are a great way of picking up problems at a very early stage.